Co-Owner-Funeral Director and Memorial Care Specialist
Robert Owens was born in Shawnee, graduated from Shawnee High School in 1973, and has been a part of Shawnee area funeral service for many years. Robert first started in funeral service in 1998 when he joined his father, Bob Owens, at Gaskill Funeral Chapel where Bob faithfully served for over 54 years.
He began in the
funeral business by selling pre-arranged funerals at both Gaskill-Owens Funeral
Chapel and Resthaven Funeral Home of Shawnee. Robert attended college at The
University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and received a BS degree in funeral
service. Later, Robert worked as Market
Sales Manager for the Alderwoods Group, serving as a marketing manager for over
60 funeral homes and 13 cemeteries over a 3 state area. He later returned to Shawnee in the capacity
as General Manager of Gaskill-Owens Funeral Chapel and Resthaven Funeral Home
and Memorial Park of Shawnee.
Shortly after 2003,
Robert moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma where he was employed by Shurden Funeral
Homes in Henryetta and Okmulgee. Robert
worked as a location manager for Shurden’s until 2008. In 2009, he partnered with two other funeral
directors in Henryetta and built and managed a brand new funeral home,
Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta. It
continues to operate successfully today.
In 2020, Robert
partnered with long-time friend and funeral director Mike McElyea to open
McElyea & Owens Funeral Group and is glad to be back living in Shawnee
Robert is married to
Detria Owens. He has two sons, Jud Owens
and Jared Owens, who live with their wives in Edmond, Oklahoma and Georgetown,
Texas. He also has a step-daughter,
Shanna Anderson of Morris. Robert has 3
grandsons and 1 grandaughter.